The five-year-old, who defied an absence of over a year to win the Morgiana Hurdle on his recent return, with stablemate Klassical Dream back in third, was not among the entries for the Matheson Hurdle on December 29.
A surprise result at @punchestownrace, as SALDIER (7/1) claims the (Grade 1) Morgiana Hurdle, after being off the track for 371 days, with Klassical Dream only third.— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) November 16, 2019
A 9th consecutive victory in the race for @WillieMullinsNH!🏆
Trainer Willie Mullins confirmed Saldier (Timeform rating 157), who is a general 4-1 chance for the Cheltenham event with some firms, was not quite himself and needed a little longer before returning to the track.
"He just didn't come out of the Morgiana as I would have liked," said Mullins.
"Hopefully we'll have him back in action in the new year."